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    Heart palpitations driving me nuts!
    ethansmommy080213 posted:
    Hi..I have been suffering from heart palpitations for four years now. As of late they have become more bothersome. All I feel is beat..beat..beat..BEAT(like a hard thump)..then back to normal. I feel several of these a day. I have been to the ER more times then I can count. I have had 5 ekgs in 3 weeks..only thing it mentioned on one was sinus tachycardia. I have had numerous blood work done to the point my arms are sore and bruised. They came back good. I have had 2 chest xrays, they came back good. They did a ct angiography to check for blood clots, that came back good. My heart rate jumps from just me standing from the sitting position. I feel like my balance is unsteady all the time. I feel like im swaying when laying down. I have this constant vibration through my body..I am currently on a 30 day event monitor to figure out the cause of these palpitations..I have echo and stress test scheduled family history of heart father had high blood pressure though. This has me to the point where I am constantly on edge..worried something bad is gonna happen..cant sleep barely because I am worried about my health..I cant function properly marriage and my kids are suffering because im on the couch most of the day..dont wanna move. I want my life back.i need 100% reassurance my heart is good. Please I need help. I am 28 years old..5 ft 1..146 lbs..dont smoke..dont caffeine..I am trying to eat better..I walk when I get time..I just want to get better. I have three kids and a husband who need me. Any ideas on what this could be?
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "I need 100% reassurance my heart is good."

    This can obviously only come from having all the appropriate diagnostic tests performed.

    "My heart rate jumps from just me standing from the sitting position."

    If it jumps past 100 beats per minute (BPM), it may/could be a specific condition known as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

    As applicable (must be 100% confirmed, diagnosed)

    POTS: An Overview

    More about POTS

    POTS is defined as a clinically significant increase in heart rate (anywhere from occurring immediately or to within 10-30 minutes) upon standing from a lying down or sitting position.

    The length/duration of time patients diagnosed with POTS can comfortably stand varies widely from one individual to another.

    "All I feel is beat..beat..beat..BEAT(like a hard thump)..then back to normal"

    As applicable to the patient, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), is described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, and has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers. Sometimes, the cause is deemed by doctors as "idiopathic", meaning no known cause/cause unknown.

    Most often, PVCs are harmless, be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

    However, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is if/when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

    Symptoms that may/can occur with PVCs includes none at all or chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness or dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, near-syncope or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, includes fainting and passing out).

    Additionally, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can occur at ANY AGE, symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

    Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

    Take care,


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